Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock Monday 29th January

Prime Lambs

The weekly sale of prime hoggs had a much-improved trade this week with all buyers very keen to purchase and a fresh face around the ring look for hoggs. An overall market average of 192p/kg was achieved.

There was plenty of Continental hoggs selling around the 200p/kg mark. Beltex hoggs topped the market at 218p/kg from Kevin Purtill of Hindley Green with Texels from the same good home selling to 210p/kg. The trade topped at £104 for 52kg Texel from RS & IM Kellet of Mill House Farm with heavy weight Charollais from the same home to £103.

There was more trade for hill bred hoggs today with 47kg Mules and Mashams from FK & F Woodhouse of Fell End selling to £85, with 40kg Swaledale ram hoggs selling to £70 from KM & KJ Curwen of Marshaw Farm.

Cast Sheep

There was a smaller entry of cast ewes forward today, but selling to a sharper trade than previously seen as all types were eagerly bid for. Mules sold to a top of £71, twice, from MJ & K Ayrton of Bambers Farm and from T & ME Longton & Son of Lee End Farm. Texel cross ewes also topped at £71 MJ & K Ayrton.

Hill bred sheep saw Herdwicks sell to £50 from T & ME Longton & Son and Swaledales sold to £48 from KM & KJ Curwen of Marshaw Farm.

Top Prices

Prime Hoggs

TEXEL: £104 Mill House Farm, £99 Park Farm Barn, £94, £90.50 Bambers Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £103, £96 Mill House Farm, £90, £89 Park Farm Barn. SUFFOLK: £99 High House Farm, £91 Fell End Farm, £80 Low Kit Brow. MASHAM: £85 Fell End Farm. BELTEX: £83 11 Oak Avenue, £79 Fell End Farm. MULE: £76 Low Kit Brow, £75 High House Farm, Fell End Farm, £69 Moss House Farm, £65 Wyresdale Park. HORNED: £72 Fell End Farm. SWALEDALE: £70 Marshaw Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £71 Bambers Farm, £70 Springfield Farm, £62, £59 Bambers Farm, £59 Springfield Farm. MULE: £71 Bambers Farm, Lee End Farm, £65 Springfield Farm. HERDWICK: £50 Lee End Farm. SWALEDALE: £48 Marshaw Farm.

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